First Trailer Of Matt Damon As ‘The Informant!’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 8th, 2014 at 9:21 am,

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The latest collaboration between Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s trilogy) is the political comedy/thriller entitled The Informant!, that (according to the poster and the trailer) comes equipped with its very own exclamation point. Based on a true story, the plot is of a company vice president-turned informant, Mark Whitacre (Damon), who helps the FBI to take down the company he works for that’s being accused of pricing-fixing tactics.

Today Screen Rant has both the trailer and poster for The Informant! which should have Bourne fans squinting there eyes and asking, “Is that really Matt Damon under that moustache?”

If you count his role in the Ocean’s movies as separate, The Informant! will see Damon collaborating with Soderbergh for the fifth time (he had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him role in Che: Part Two). Damon is no stranger to diversity with his roles (let’s not forget, the same guy who was the globe-trotting, ass-kicking Jason Bourne was also the janitor/genius in Good Will Hunting), but this role as FBI informant, Mark Whitacre, may be the furthest he’s stretched from how he’s seen by most movie goers. Apparently, Damon gained 30 pounds for the role, and, as you can see, refused to shave his top lip for a while.

I think The Informant! trailer looks hilarious, and the poster is equally as effective. Check them both out below:

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And here is the first official trailer for the movie – Watch and enjoy:

Not only does Damon look much different than he usually does (at first glance you could almost mistake him as an actor who just kind of looks like Matt Damon), but from the trailer he acts a lot different, too. If his role here were to be compared to any of his previous ones, I would say it’s Linus Caldwell from the Ocean’s series which, coincidentally or not, was also a Damon/Soderbergh collaboration. Maybe Damon keeps Soderbergh’s number close-by for whenever he feels in a comedic, lighter acting mood.

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Jason Bourne has let himself go a bit…

The exclamation point at the end of The Informant! just carries on that sort of comedic tone that’s apparent in the trailer. The name of the movie is being reported all over the place both with and without the exclamation point on the end, but since it’s in both the official poster and trailer, I’d say it’s meant to be in there. I personally really dig the use exclamation point that’s seldom used in movie titles – not only does it make a point (get it?) of the comedic tone, but also sets it apart from most other movies, including the similarly titled, exclamation point-less The Informant from 1997.

Although I’m not the biggest fan of Soderbergh as a director (he’s hit or miss with me), I tend to enjoy his lighter, more playful movies (I love all three of his Ocean’s films). And Damon pretty much always delivers the acting goods. I personally can’t wait for this one.

What do you make of the poster and trailer for The Informant!? What do you think about Damon’s different look?

The Informant! is slated for a release on October 9th in the US, and on November 6th in the UK, both in 2009.

Sources: TrailerAddict and Filmofilia

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  1. Hahah, he looks a little like Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds. But I really like the style of comedy they’re using. It almost seems like a sitcom episode where the goofy guy gets a wire. i.e. Kramer, George Costanza, Jim Ignatoski, Frasier/Niles, Radar, Klinger, etc… Which could be a problem, not in the fact that it’s like a sitcom, but in the fact that they’ll drown whatever isn’t comedy and make it a moral dilemma. I also prefer Damon in these kind of roles, as he’s been pegged as the action guy, (at least to me) since Bourne.

  2. Also watched this trailer during “Public Enemies”.

    Matt Damon plays a retarded business man that rats out his grain company CEO’s. That’s it, that’s the film.
    While watching this I kept thinking was the real guy this moronic…? Oh its a Clooney Production. Ha,ha another Burn After Reading type film.
    Avoid at all costs,,,

  3. Brilliant. Damon can be very comedic when he wants to be (e.g Will and Grace episode, Sarah Silverman msuic video)

  4. 790, Burn After Reading was fantastic! You can make any film’s plot sound stupid if you reduce it to one sentence, this looks pretty good.

  5. @Lank, sorry but “Burn After Reading” went from my dvd player right into the garbage. I even used a sharpie on it so nobody could watch it if they found it in the dumpster.
    This film seems to follow Clooney’s type of company underdog plot exposing a corporate scandel. However while watching the trailer Damon in every scene is portrayed as a moron who comically stumbles through the film as everyone around him reacts to his actions and in the predictable end he takes down the company.
    I’m all for everyone digging what they dig but this looks like a pass to me. :-)

  6. Sorry but that’s not the whole movie. He wasn’t just taking the company down. He was also embezzling money from the company at the same time. This is a true story. I saw the real guy on the discovery investigation channels. He went to prison and everything. So no, your summary is not the whole movie.

  7. Can’t wait to see it! It was filmed in my town, and I’m friends with and FBI agent. :D <(‘.’<)